Loft Labs promises self-service Kubernetes access for all developers

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Kubernetes  has revolutionized how companies develop, test, deploy, and scale their applications. Emerging from the vaults of Google back in 2014, the container orchestration platform has been adopted by modest and massive corporations alike, from Box and BlackRock via to IBM and Spotify.

As one of the world’s most well known open supply projects, Kubernetes serves to automate lots of of the resource-intensive manual processes involved in managing containerized applications. Containers are application packages that include all the elements required to deploy applications in public and hybrid clouds, on-premise datacenters, wherever — they make sure that an application plays ball across all environments. Moreover, Kubernetes assists accelerate development velocity and agility at a time when corporations are increasingly moving to the cloud and microservices application architecture.

But when a corporation says that it has “adopted Kubernetes,” it probably signifies that a dozen or so men and women in its IT division — rather than developers — have access to Kubernetes for operating the production method. That leaves hundreds or thousands of a company’s engineers creating application that could also be operating on Kubernetes from the get go, but is not.

This is some thing that Loft Labs is in search of to address, with a industrial and open supply item suite that promises “truly cloud-native engineering practices” such as unimpeded, self-service access to Kubernetes. And to assistance extend its attain into developer teams of all sizes, Loft Labs this week announced a $4.6 million seed round of funding.

“Today, IT typically has to provision resources manually for software engineers and developers, or the company does not give engineers access to any cloud resources at all,” Loft Labs cofounder and CEO Lukas Gentele told VentureBeat. “Most software engineering is done entirely on the developer’s laptop, but applications are increasingly designed for scale and for running in the cloud in a distributed way. That makes it very hard for developers to work on their local laptop.”

Open sesame

Founded out of San Francisco in 2019, Loft Labs has open-sourced quite a few Kubernetes projects, such as developer tool DevSpace, which is a Docker-Compose option that assists engineers develop, test, and debug applications inside Kubernetes Kiosk, which adds multi-tenancy functionality to Kubernetes clusters JSPolicy, a JavaScript-based policy engine and Vcluster, a virtual cluster tool that assists engineers spin up lightweight virtual Kubernetes (namespaces) clusters that run inside an underlying Kubernetes cluster.

Tying collectively these numerous open supply strands its the company’s industrial item identified merely as Loft, launched last August, which enables enterprises to “scale self-service access” to Kubernetes across the engineering workforce.

While the numerous open supply projects are supplied by means of command line interface (CLI) or application programming interface (API), the industrial Loft entity ushers in a graphical user interface (GUI) and a bunch of further premium features such as multi-cloud and multi-cluster help, single sign-on, audit logging to help safety workflows across all the open supply elements, and robust service level agreements (SLAs).

With Loft, corporations can give their engineers direct access to cloud sources via a self-service Kubernetes providing, enabling developers to provision their personal computing sources without the need of comprehensive spadework required on the IT side.

“Giving software developers on-demand access to code-ready development environments in Kubernetes enables them to build better software from the start,” Gentele explained. “So Loft, ultimately, increases developer productivity and software quality by giving developers direct access to cloud-native development environments where they can validate and test their code repeatedly as early in the development process as possible.”


Loft Labs claims a quantity of Fortune 500 corporations as consumers, such as “one of the world’s largest car manufacturers” and a main U.S. economic institution. In terms of buyers it is prepared to name-verify, even though, these include things like Gusto, Urbint, and HqO.

But it is this early traction, alongside its income development, that has seen Loft Labs raise a $4.6 million seed round of funding led by Fusion Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund that has previously backed the likes of Lyft and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Other investors in the round include things like RTP Seed, Emergent Ventures, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, and Puppet CTO Abby Kearns.

It’s definitely accurate that if you want to know what’s hot in technologies, comply with the income. Kubernetes has spurred a burgeoning ecosystem of industrial corporations, and investors have shown that they are eager to join the party — just last month, Kubernetes operations management platform Rafay raised $25 million. And more than the previous year, several corporations from the Kubernetes space have attracted the attentions of larger tech corporations, such as New Relic, which snapped up Kubernetes observability platform Pixie Labs Red Hat, which purchased Kubernetes safety startup StackRox Rapid7, which acquired Alcide and Cisco, which purchased not one but two Kubernetes corporations.

Elsewhere, there is even a devoted startup accelerator and incubator known as Kubeshop, majority-owned by Insight Partners and Veeam cofounder Ratmir Timashev, that serves as a Kubernetes item pipeline by “nurturing and funding” open supply application development.

According to Gentele, it is the “accelerated pace of Kubernetes adoption” across that spectrum that has these dollars flowing. “It is quickly becoming the de facto computing resource, and companies are accelerating their investments into Kubernetes technologies,” he explained. “In previous years, Kubernetes has been more of an exploration and research topic for a lot of companies, but enterprises are now starting to really double down on it and want to rollout Kubernetes internally much more exhaustively than just to a few teams.”

Originally appeared on: TheSpuzz